Although some–like you, for example–are still waiting by the mailbox for their yarn, our Bang Out a Sweater knitalong of Mary Jane Mucklestone’s Stopover sweater was in full swing on Monday, its first official day. There are well over 500 comments in the Ravelry thread in the Mason-Dixon Knitters group, and over 250 images in the #BangOutASweater hashtag on Instagram.
It’s the sort of thing that makes you fall in love with knitting again (even if you never fell out of love with knitting).
The creative energy of knitters, their excitement about color, their fervor about getting things right, their humor (someone’s Stopover has a sock monkey color theme; others have taken our Bark Out a Sweater joke to heart, and are knitting tiny lopapeysas–complete with Stopover’s colorwork–for dogs. Whether you’re knitting along or not, get over there and have a wallow in the wonder of it all.
WIP: A Moment of Sober Reflection
In the week before the start of the knitalong, I made heroic efforts to get as close as possible to finishing the Ranger cardigan that I’m knitting for a friend’s husband. (No, this is not a Pardon Me (I Didn’t Knit That For You) situation: I am knitting the sweater with the knowledge, and by the request, of my friend.)
At midnight last night, I was quite a bit further along than this photo, but only at the halfway point to the yoke. I’m not happy about this. In winter, sweater delayed is sweater denied. Must do better.
Stopover: Punch the Clock
Thank goodness Stopover is moving along so quickly.
Here’s where things stood after two hours of knitting.
After another hour and a half, I made it to 5 inches from the armholes.
Why am I telling you how long I’ve knitted? I’m keeping a running tab of how much time I’m spending on my Stopover, size small. Since so many people are knitting it, it would be fun to compare notes on how many hours the sweater took for different people knitting different sizes. Kind of a grand scientific experiment: how long does a “weekend sweater” really take? If that’s interesting to you, keep track, and report in later.